Just weeks after the ending of the 2013 season which saw Leon take the title, Friday has Santos taking on a weak Chivas side while offering decent value to win.
There are two games opening up the 2014 Mexican League on Friday night and the best value of the two comes from the prime time match between Santos Laguna/Chivas Guadalajara that kicks off at 10:30 p.m. EST.
Santos finished second in the table during the Apertura in 2013, losing only twice in their 17 games. At home, they were stellar as usual, going 6-1-1 at Estadio Corona while also generating a 6-2-1 record during the first half of the season in the Clasura.
Take Santos in the outright market pick at 1.83 over at British betting firm William Hill and also give strong consideration to the -1 handicap at 3.20. The hosts won both encounters against the Goats in 2013 with a pair of 2-0 wins. That same score to crack today pays a robust 9.00.
The 1x2 draw pick is listed at 3.40 but keep in mind that these two sides have only drawn twice in the previous 12 meetings against each other.
The visitors failed to win a game on the road during the Apertura in eight attempts and their recent signings during the short off season haven't given much confidence to supporters and bettors alike. They are listed today at 4.00 to win in the outright.
Though Santos games have seen an average of three goals at home, I like the under 2.5 total goals to crack here at 1.73 given that games between these two have only hit the over 2.5 one in their last seven games.